Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A suggested possibility of Mermaid-like or Gangetic Dophin inbetween Rangpo - Singtam region !

30 kg  fish caught at Singtam river

I do not know how fact it is but i have come across an article ( could be written few years back) that says there is or was a suggested possibility of an existence of some kind of riverine mammals alike the fantasy of mermaids  or  it could even be a Gangetic Dolphin in the regions from Rangpo and Singtam. I am from Singtam but never heard such strange story apart from that 30 kg fish that was caught at the bank of Singtam River last year. Thou sounds fascinating but would love to read more about it.

The information provided is from the desk of a a WWF-India-Department of Science and Technology, Sikkim Project and the researchers are Dr. Ajeya Jha, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Technology and Dr. R.K. Avasthe, Indian Council for Agricultural Research. The complete article in found in the website of National Informatics Centre, Sikkim under the topic of Mammals of Sikkim. But for my readers here is the extracted portion:


Fresh Water Mammals: Vague stories of “mermaids” from Rangpo and Singtam region suggest the possibility of the existence of some kind of riverine mammal in Sikkim also. Immediate efforts are required to confirm such a possibility. Gangetic Dolphin will not exactly be out of its range if is found to exist in our state. It is a creature found in the Ganges, the Brahmaputra and their larger tributaries to the bases of the hills. Their migratory behaviour, however, makes their presence possible here, particularly during the summer months.  
Gangetic Dolphin (Platanista gangetica) (Included on the basis of unconfirmed reports) Distribution: Found in the Ganges, the Brahmaputra, the Indus and their tributaries. Distribution in Sikkim: May exist at Singtam, Rangpo and Melli (the confluence of Teesta and Rangeet). Size: Generally 2 m in length. 

Description: The body of the blind animal is fusiform, the head being prolonged into a compressed beak. The colour ranges from dark lead to sooty black. The older individuals have light patches on the sides. 

Status: Endangered, Schedule I, (1991).